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Col. Dorothy Schaffer Auction, Estate Sale & Appraisal Service

Ballwin, MO 63011
(314) 843-8479 | (636) 938-1337
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 Hi, I'm Dorothy Schaffer, I have been buying, selling, picking, and liquidating antiques and personal property in the St. Louis, Missouri area for the past 35 years. I have sold at antique shows, auctions, flea markets, and at estate tag sales. In 1998, after 14 years, I closed my antique store in St. Louis, Missouri. I now devote my time and company to estate and moving tag sales, appraisals, and auctions, including real estate auctions.


     I am a certified appraiser and been tested and certified as an Appraiser by the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (C.A.G.A.). I have graduated from the Missouri Auction School*. I am a licensed auctioneer in St. Louis and the State of Missouri, License # 76143. I'm also a member of the Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association.

We are the first estate sale company in St. Louis to have a website starting in 1999, and the first company in St. Louis to be on!

    Services I provide:

  •  Certified or verbal appraisals

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  •  Estate or moving (tag) sales

  •  Auctions including: estate, antique consignment, charity, real estate, and business liquidation.

  • We also buy antique & collectible smalls

     *Many people ask what the "Col." stands for in front of my name. During the Civil War period, and after, only Colonels in the army were authorized to hold auctions. This title of Colonel was continued long after the war by auctioneers and is a carryover yet today. Today the title is given to graduates upon graduating from auctioneering school.

 *People from around the world attend the Missouri Auction School. It is the oldest and ranked as the best.


636-938-1337 or 314-843-8479


"I want to thank you for the extremely successful estate sale you held for me. The process of moving from our home and selling so much of what we'd accumulated over the years was a huge task, and I always felt confident in your ability to take the job.
I could not have been more happy with the results of the sale, both financially and professionally. My family, my house and our belongings were treated with respect every step of the way. Our security and safety was always a top priority for you, as was ensuring the sale was a success. In the end, only two items did not sell! I thought that was an excellent outcome. So much of what we had were specific tools and collectibles, and yet your marketing efforts ensured that the right audience was there for the sale and it all sold"
Heather Schaefer
“You made what seemed like an impossible task, to set up and sell the entire contents of my parent’s home within a 2 week deadline, into a sale that went “OVER THE TOP”. Your website is the “bomb” and the attention to detail is amazing. I know we netted way more than we would have if we had done this on our own, not to mention the time and effort we would have spent during a very stressful period for our family. Dottie and Jim are HONEST, HARD WORKING, EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE and just plain NICE PEOPLE! I was so lucky to find them and would highly recommend them to anyone needing their services. It was a pleasure to work with both of you"Jackie Sterling
"I want to thank you for your invaluable assistance in holding the sale for my mothers estate. Your tireless efforts to research, arrange, display, and price the nearly endless amount of items in mom's house was greatly appreciated. The website was great and the pictures gave everyone a good sense of the enormous amount of items to be sold. The turnout was fantastic due in great part to your reputation, and marketing of the sale. Thanks again for all your fine efforts, and for being so pleasant to work with in such a trying situation for my family."Sam Craig
"You did an absolutely fabulous job with my mom's sale! Despite the sheer volume of items, everything was set up beautifully and priced properly - your knowledge base in that regard is remarkable. Your marketing was exceptional which I know brought a lot more people to the sale than normal. Mostly I appreciated your energy and honesty throughout the process. It was a great pleasure working with you - I give my highest recommendation for your services."Wendy Stout
"Your expertise, knowledge of the market, publicity skills, and energetic preparation for the sale were outstanding! We are convinced we netted considerably more from the sale than if we had spent the hours and hours of hard work to conduct the sale ourselves. I strongly recommend your services to anyone who needs an estate or moving sale."Les Daniels

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